Florida mottled ducks have an intrinsic, aesthetic value and are highly prized as a game bird. Also they are a defining member of the unique suite of species characteristic of the prairie ecosystem of south Florida.
Wood ducks are small to medium sized ducks, with a noticeably crested head. Males are brightly colored, while females are brownish gray. Both males and females have a white patch around the eyes and throat.
Fulvous and Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
To promote good management for fulvous whistling ducks and mottled ducks, the Waterfowl Management Staff encourages shallow flooding of fallow agricultural fields and rice culture in place of sugar cane.
Migratory waterfowl breed in northern North America and migrate to or through Florida during the fall and winter. Approximately 20 species of waterfowl regularly winter in Florida. Wintering areas, such as Florida, are important in the annual cycle of migratory waterfowl. Habitat conditions during this non-breeding period may affect survival and subsequent reproduction. Ducks must maintain or improve their body condition during winter to avoid mortality during spring migration and to meet the physiological demands of the nesting season (i.e., egg laying, incubation). The FWC devotes considerable resources to monitoring and managing these migrant birds and providing quality habitat.
Mallards in Florida
History has proved that the concern over the loss of the Florida mottled duck to hybridization is a real one and should not be taken lightly.
FWC Waterfowl Management Strategic Plan